Dr Bollmann, Skin Care Specialist, Anti-Aging Expert
Over the years I have learned how to prevent wrinkles, or at least most of them. Unfortunately, it does require some effort. Humans express feelings, and as such, these emotions become the fine lines seen with aging. Squinting leads to crow's feet (lines radiating from the corners of the eyes), frowning causes frown lines (furrows between the eyebrows), and laughing leads to laugh lines (arc-shapes around the mouth).
Wrinkles are a result of age-related weakening of the skin's collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep the skin firm in youth. To prevent and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, wear sunblock with an SPF 15 or greater, whenever you venture outdoors for more than 15 minutes. Skin moisturizers containing pregnenolone, a hormone, may help to hydrate the skin and improve visible wrinkles. In 2005, Canadian researchers proved that beta glucan, the soluble fiber found in the cell walls of oat kernels and an ingredient in some skincare products, can penetrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
One of the best ways to prevent wrinkles is meditation. This teaches you to relax the muscles of the face, and has worked well for me over the years. One develops an unconscious tendency not to contract the muscles of the face, thereby preventing age lines.
And of course to both prevent and treat wrinkles is our Bare Skin Care Program for wrinkles, or even our Basic Program. It contains everything you need to keep your skin looking and feeling young and healthy.
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First, the answer is yes, retinol can make wrinkles worse, especially when you first start using it. What is happening is a drying effect, and one can get epidermal sliding from separation from the dermis. But this is temporary, and will eventually end up tightening the skin around the eyelids, provided you are using a potent retinol preparation.